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DSM-III. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Third Edition). Paperback – January 1, 1980


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Association. (1980)
  • ASIN: B000P1A7CK
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David C. Young on August 16, 2008
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As clinicians, we don't keep up with DSM's. About six months ago, I left my DSM-IVTR at home. I was working on a presentation on PTSD (first listed in DSM-III). So I wanted the most current information. I checked with about 12 docs, Psych Nurses Rx & clinicians on my floor. (I rent office space at our local psych hospital. I work mainly with severe & multiple diagnoses, and psychiatrists & the hospital are my primary referral sources.) No one had DSM-IVTR.

Certainly DSM-IV & IVTR have important diagnoses lacking in DSM-III, such as Reactive Attachment Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. We don't want to be without that.

So why read DSM-III?

Comparing DSM-III with DSM-IVTR makes for interesting and a bit uneasy-making bedtime reading. We see many features of our modern mental health diagnosis, which DSM-III started off and which is now chugging merrily full-steam ahead. For example, DSM-III (1980) is about 450 pp, while DSM-IVTR, only 20 years later, is 900 pp. More diagnoses, and more behaviorally specific symptoms abound.

Shouldn't that make us happy -- we're getting better through these precisions, aren't we? Well, yes. No one who has coped with the terrible ease of misdiagnosis that DSM-II allowed wants to return to that. In the 1980's, for example, I saw far too many withdrawn, intellectually slow black women diagnosed with schizophrenia. (No white women -- strange, eh?) And the last DSM-II, 1976, only 150 pp. long, was the first DSM to remove homosexuality as a mental health diagnosis. For these mercies & accuracies, we're all of us pitifully grateful.

And yet....

Let's take Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD. About eight years ago, a group of the greatest RAD experts tried to find a behavioral symptom list.
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